Sweetwater Hosts Its Annual GearFest Online Event June 24 and 25

GearFest Online, Sweetwater’s annual celebration of gear and music making, is happening June 24th and 25th, 2022.

The online festivities are streaming live with exclusive product launches, artist interviews and performances, along with special gear deals and a gigantic giveaway promotion.

The event's exclusive online content includes some of the hottest names in music demonstrating new products from the major musical instrument brands. Visitors to the two-day online event can peek behind the curtain as touring artists discuss the ins and outs of their signature instruments and other great gear.

The online extravaganza includes notable new product launches from Way Huge pedals, Pigtronix, Fluence guitar pickups, D'Angelico guitars and Spector basses. For more information, visit https://www.sweetwater.com/gearfest/.

A compact pedal format preamp designed to offer classic, natural bass tone with increased tonal control and extended headroom.

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Welcome to another Dojo. Last month I explained in detail how to set up and use sidechain compression techniques to get that classic pop/EDM pumping sound on your rhythm guitar parts and other instruments in your mix. This time, we’ll use the same setup techniques but, instead of sidechaining a compressor, I’m going to show you the benefits of using a gate.

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In high cotton: Charlie Musselwhite is thoroughly content with his return to the Delta. “We love living here,” he says. “It just makes sense, and it feels like the blues is alive and well in the Delta and you can just feel it rising up from the earth, it’s so present.”

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On his new album, Mississippi Son, the harmonica giant steps out on guitar, evoking the legends of country blues 6-string and earning his place among them.

For Charlie Musselwhite, the blues isn’t just a style of music. It’s a sacrament. And Musselwhite is one of its high priests. With a palmful of bent notes on the harmonica—the instrument on which he’s been an acknowledged master for more than a half-century—or the fat snap of a guitar string, he has the power to summon not only the blues’ great spirits, but the places they rose from. If you listen closely, you can envision the Mississippi Delta’s plantation lands, where the summer sun forms a shimmering belt on the low horizon and even a slight breeze can paint your face red with clay dust. It’s a place both old and eternal—full of mystery and history and magic. And the music from that place, as Musselwhite sings in his new song “Blues Gave Me a Ride,” “tells the truth in a world full of lies.”

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